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Appointed conductor of the Stuttgart Opera, Maestro Christopher Schumann impresses with his fluid and expressive direction which highlights his great musicality and confidence.
Upcoming engagements in 2023-24 include: Bizet's Carmen, Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, Baticci's Icarro and Schwab's Der Räuber Hotzenplotz at the Stuttgart Opera.
Since the 2022/23 season he has been second conductor at the Stuttgart State Opera and has taken over as musical director of Der Räuber Hotzenplotz. In January 2023, he conducted the Mozart Opera Gala at the Forum am Schlosspark Ludwigsburg with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and a renowned solo quartet.
Christopher Schumann, pianist and conductor, studied conducting and accompaniment in Dresden and Milan and graduated with honors. After his first engagement as director of studies and conductor at the Theater Hof, he was hired at the Stuttgart State Opera in 2016. He worked there with conductors such as Marek Janowski, Hartmut Haenchen, Cornelius Meister, Titus Engel and Sylvain Cambreling.
He has conducted orchestras such as the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonica di Milano Orchestra and the Budapest Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, where he became a semi-finalist in the Antal Dorati Conducting Competition in September 2021. As as a pianist, he is a sought-after partner in chamber music formats with the musicians of the Stuttgart State Orchestra and in singing concerts with the soloists of the Stuttgart State Opera.
Since his debut in 2018 with The Love of Three Oranges, in a production by Axel Ranisch, Christopher Schumann has regularly conducted at the Stuttgart State Opera, including La Bohème (Andrea Moses) and a premiere of the chamber opera L 'Antigone-Tribunal by Léopold Queue. In 2020/21 he conducted a few performances of Enchanted World alongside Dennis Russell Davies at the Stuttgart State Opera. In 2021/22, he will take over the musical direction of interpretations of the Hansel and Gretel repertoire.
Carmen in Stuttgart, story of a murderer
Nice review in ResMusica.com for our brilliant chef Christopher Schumann appointed director of the Stuttgart Opera!
“All are well served by the orchestra, conducted by the young Christopher Schumann, also permanently stationed in Stuttgart. This performance, certainly, is part of a routine cover, and he alternates with Ariane Matiakh; the necessarily limited rehearsals certainly justify the limits of the work on orchestral colors. But here is an evening of real theater, without brutality, with well-balanced energy, which gives strong unity to the whole story. What's more, and this is often decisive in opera, her direction helps the singers to give the best of themselves: here we hear a generous Carmen, who moves forward, and who gives her full place with emotion, without downtime and with real construction throughout the evening. »
October 24, 2023 by Dominique Adrian
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